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TSA program allows faster security screening for military

Members of the military will have quicker security screenings at El Paso International Airport with the expansion of a Transportation Security Administration pre-screening program at 100 airports nationwide.

By showing their Common Access Card, members of the military won't have to remove their shoes, belts, jackets and hats and will be able to keep laptop computers in their cases in pre-screening lanes at airport security checkpoints under a program expansion announced Wednesday by the TSA and the Department of Defense.

The program is already in use at 10 airports and will begin at 100 airports on Dec. 20 in time for the Christmas holiday travel period.

"TSA joins with the American people in showing its appreciation for the service and sacrifices of our men and women in the Armed Forces," TSA Deputy Administrator John W. Halinski, a Marine Corps veteran, said in a statement. "Providing expedited screening while on travel is the least we can do for these courageous men and women."

The TSA Pre program is available to active-duty members of all branches of the military, reserves, National Guard and the Coast Guard.

With the program, military members can use their Department of Defense identification number when making airline reservations. The identification number will then be used as their Known Traveler Number. At the airport checkpoint, military members will be able to enter the TSA Pre lanes.

The TSA also has a Wounded Warrior Screening program that expedites security screenings for wounded soldiers. To apply for the Wounded Warriors program call the TSA at 1-855-787-227.

In September, the TSA Pre screening program for pre-approved travelers -- which started at select airports in October 2011 -- began at El Paso International Airport, according to the TSA website. The military pre-screening is an expansion of that program.

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